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Tips for Your Best National Learn to Row Day Event Yet!

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Mar 07, 2016
The 15th annual National Learn to Row Day is scheduled for June 4, 2016. Register now and start planning for this fun and engaging event.

Whether this will be your first National Learn to Row Day, or you are a seasoned veteran, it is never too late to learn how to execute a great event. As you leave the erg rooms and head back out to the boathouse, it’s a great time time to start preparing to get your biggest crowd yet for for the 15th annual National Learn to Row Day on June 4, 2016.

“For most organizations, National Learn To Row Day is an important recruiting tool toScreen Shot 2016-02-04 at 3.16.28 PM  help build up their membership,” said Director of Member Services, Susan Smith. “ And the day also plays a very important role in the overall growth of the sport by bringing visibility and attention to rowing within their local community. This is especially valuable in an Olympic year as we enlist support for our national team.”

For new clubs looking to host their first event, make sure to take advantage of the many, helpful resources that USRowing offers at http://usrow.us/nltrd.

Many clubs choose to put their own spin on the event, but common elements include taking visitors for a row on the water, teaching them rowing technique on ergs and giving tours of boathouses.

No matter your event’s size, here are some tips to help you kick off your plans this March and April.

First things first (Planning)

  • Hold a staff meeting to let everyone know what’s happening & delegate responsibilities.
  • Determine what extra resources you may need for the event.
  • Begin to discuss possible volunteering availability with your club members.


    Launch Checklist (Delegating Responsibilities)

  • Designate staff members for various responsibilities including press officer, volunteer coordinator and equipment manager.
  • Check out equipment: Does anything need replaced or fixed before your event? Now might be the time to order parts while things are still a bit quiet in the boathouse.
  • Send event information to local outlets to post in their event calendars like a local newspaper or blog.

    Attention, Row! (Marketing)
  • Visibility is key. Make sure that your date is on your calendar and website. If your club has a Facebook page, create an event. Email your membership a “Save the Date”.
  • Create a quick sign-up form using Google Forms (free). This way, interested people can “register” in advance.
    • Even if they don’t attend the National Learn to Row Day event – you now have their contact information and can invite them to another club event at a later date.
  • Be sure to have your membership sign up to volunteer early. Use short hour shifts to split up the time among several people. This will ensure a fun environment and many smiling faces for new rowers to meet!

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 3.15.29 PMRegardless of how many people you expect at your event, be sure to register your National Learn to Row Day activities with USRowing.  Participating clubs will receive a National Learn to Row Day banner, posters, brochures, Concept2 technique poster and stickers to help promote their event. 

For more information on how you can host your own National Learn to Row Day, or to find out if there is a Learn to Row Day event in your hometown, visit the USRowing website at http://usrow.us/nltrd

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